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Sharing few details, Trudeau eyes setting out ‘next steps’ in cabinet retreat, continues calls for ‘vigilance’ on COVID-19

By Palak Mangat      

'We are not out of the woods.?We need to continue to remain vigilant,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 'The last thing anyone wants is to go into this fall in lockdown similar to this spring. And the way we can prevent that is by remaining vigilant.'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured Sept. 14, 2020, arriving for his cabinet's two-day virtual retreat in Ottawa, offered little details on what he and his cabinet ministers will be talking about, but said his focus will be on 'how we continue to keep COVID under control.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remained tight-lipped on details Monday before he headed up his government’s two-day virtual cabinet retreat, telling reporters his focus is on getting the country through a pandemic that is not yet over.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com

DeLorey, Deltell brief Conservatives on election readiness and fall strategy

News|By Abbas Rana
Conservatives don't want a snap election in the fall but will be ready if one is called, say Conservative MPs.

Experts sound alarm over ‘politicized’ U.S. intelligence, say COVID-19 pandemic a ‘wake-up call’ about Canada’s new national security threats

News|By Mike Lapointe
Bitter partisanship in U.S. could undermine intelligence sharing within the Five Eyes and Ottawa needs to rethink its security and intelligence apparatus this century as the Arctic melts.

Trudeau Liberals risk leaving ideological centre open by tilting further to the left in Throne Speech, say some Grit MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
The Liberals do not want an election, but don't want to be seen 'pushed around' by opposition parties either, says Liberal political insider Greg MacEachern.

Sharing few details, Trudeau eyes setting out ‘next steps’ in cabinet retreat, continues calls for ‘vigilance’ on COVID-19

News|By Palak Mangat
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shied away from providing specifics when asked by reporters about the idea of universal basic income, which has made its way to the top of the Liberal caucus’ policy priorities.

Top doc cautions against getting ahead of review into Canada’s public health threat alert system

News|By Palak Mangat
Health Minister Patty Hajdu says 'no one at the political level knew' the network's international focus had been 'sidelined,' calling it 'an administration decision.'

Change approach with Riyadh beyond human rights if Canada wants to rebuild relationship with Saudi Arabia, says former ambassador

News|By Neil Moss
'I think Canada wouldn't mind if [the relationship] improves, but I don't think at the political level there is a commitment to do it,' says former diplomat Dennis Horak.

‘Diplomat’ Deltell’s promotion could lead to closer co-operation in Parliament as new Tory House team spotlights Quebec, party unity, say insiders

News|By Neil Moss
'Putting someone [in the position of House leader] who is well liked and works well with others is a great signal,' says Conservative strategist Yaroslav Baran.

O’Toole takes aim at statue topplers, strikes inclusive tone in first speech to caucus

News|By Palak Mangat
'We must never erase their stories by tearing them down. Cancel culture dooms us to forget the lessons from these stories, and it also ignores the incredible progress and resilience of Canada,' says Erin O'Toole.

Feds should focus on gauging ‘wariness’ of COVID measures, says strategist, after public opinion research spending dip in 2019-20

News|By Palak Mangat
The feds spent $11.3-million on public opinion research in 2019-20, but researchers expect that figure to rise as the government works to gauge reaction to COVID-19 relief measures.
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